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2019 Winners & Finalists

Congratulations to all winners and finalists of the 2019 Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards. View the complete list of honorees below.

Winners will be announced May 11 at the School Spirit Awards Show in Orlando, FL.

Grand Prize: America’s Most Spirited High School

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The America’s Most Spirited High School Contest honors one high school that demonstrates unparalleled school spirit and community pride.

  • Bingham High School – South Jordan, UT
  • Carl Sandburg High School – Orland Park, IL
  • Franklin Towne High School – Philadelphia, PA
  • Olentangy Berlin High School – Delaware, OH
  • Pierce County High School – Blackshear, GA

Athlete

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This Athlete exemplifies sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork and humility. This athlete is the “glue” of the team – someone who helps maintain morale no matter the circumstance. This individual has as many team building skills as athletic skills – he or she knows how to motivate, inspire and encourage teammates to work together, push harder and achieve success.

  • Aaden Valdez – Pueblo East High School | Pueblo, CO
  • Brinlee Lenochan – VR Eaton High School | Haslet, TX
  • Colton Cochran – Waverly High School | Waverly, TN
  • Duke Paane – Carlsbad High School | Carlsbad, CA
  • Kayden Johnson – Central Dauphin High School | Harrisburg, PA
  • Peyton Camden – Romeoville High School | Romeoville, IL
  • Peyton Jones – Bingham High School | South Jordan, UT
  • Jackson Mckenzie – Alma High School | Alma, NE
  • Justin Willis – Winchester Community High School | Winchester, IL
  • Michael Stein III – Reuben Ayala High School | Chino Hills, CA

Athletic Director

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This Athletic Director supports all school teams enthusiastically and equally, regardless of success level. This Athletic Director encourages athletes to excel on the playing field and in the classroom. He or she goes above the call of duty to ensure every student athletes succeeds on and off the field.

  • Andrea Bouwhuis – Bingham High School | South Jordan, UT
  • Chris Hobbs – The King’s Academy | West Palm Beach, FL
  • Chris Kendrick – Mid-Buchanan High School | Faucett, MO
  • Ira Childress – Okemos High School | Okemos, MI
  • Jay Stilianou – Clay High School | Green Cove Springs, FL
  • John Broussard – Murrieta Mesa High School | Murrieta, CA
  • Joseph Wendt – Racine Horlick High School | Racine, WI
  • Keith Cornell – St. Michael-Albertville High School | St. Michael, MN
  • Scott Helms – Hartford Union High School | Hartford, WI

Athletic Trainer

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No team is complete without a dedicated athletic trainer to support athletes both on and off the field. This Athletic Trainer pairs expertise with unwavering enthusiasm and encouragement. Students know they can count on this athletic trainer through the ups and downs of life as a student athlete.

  • Alyssa Fredericks – Hopi Jr/Sr High School | Keams Canyon, AZ
  • Arthur De Mello – Felix Varela Senior High School | Miami, FL
  • Daniela Medina- Canyon High School | Anaheim, CA
  • David Mcneil – Costa Mesa High School | Costa Mesa, CA
  • Ken Tyler – Lipscomb Academy | Nashville, TN
  • Lauren Crombie – Weymouth High School | Weymouth, MA
  • Stephanie O’Dell – River Ridge High School | Lacey, WA

Choir

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This Choir contributes to overall school atmosphere by providing high-quality performances to variety of school and community events. Most importantly, this choir program should be a source of pride for students and the community alike.

  • Cedar Creek High School – Cedar Creek, TX
  • Edison High School – Stockton, CA
  • Lakeshore High School – Stevensville, MI
  • Logan High School – Logan, OH

Coach

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This Coach has a long-standing history of success. This coach recognizes the link between athletic involvement and student achievement, and therefore encourages both academic excellence and good character. This coach also prioritizes sportsmanship and humility, both on and off the playing field.

  • Brody Massengill – South Johnston High School | Four Oaks, NC
  • Eva Perez – Edinburg High School | Edinburg, TX
  • Jermaine Christian – Rutland High School | Macon, GA
  • John Lambourne – Bingham High School | South Jordan, UT
  • Juan Monge – Felix Varela High School | Miami, FL
  • Kori Johnson – Costa Mesa High School | Costa Mesa, CA
  • Lindsey Needham – Denmark High School | Alpharetta, GA
  • Matt English – Beech Grove High School | Indianapolis, IN
  • Paul Alberson – Marshall High School | Marshall, MO
  • Melissa McPherson – Azle High School | Springtown, TX
  • Mike O’Neill – Collierville High School | Collierville, TN
  • Tlaloc Venancio – Crawford High School | San Diego, CA

Community Service Project

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The high school is the heartbeat of its community, and as such, has the tremendous power to make a positive impact. This Community Service Project engages high school students and staff in an effort to improve their surroundings. This venture allows those involved to come together to focus on the “big picture”. 

  • Airport High School – West Columbia, SC
  • Bingham High School – South Jordan, UT
  • Caston Jr/ Senior High School – Fulton, IN
  • CC Winn High School – Eagle Pass, TX
  • Florence High School – Florence, MS
  • Lexington Christian Academy High School – Lexington, KY
  • Skutt Catholic High School – Omaha, NE
  • Rio Rancho High School – Rio Rancho, NM
  • Rutland High School – Macon, GA
  • Vestavia Hills High School – Vestavia Hills, AL

Game Day Experience

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While athletic games are iconic for students to come together and revel in their school pride, there are many moving parts that make high school game day a true experience. This Game Day Experience incorporates the athletic teams, student body, cheerleaders, dancers, mascots, marching band and the like. The tradition runs like a well-oiled machine. This Game Day makes fans want to be a part of this culture every weekend.

  • Bingham High School – South Jordan UT
  • Carlsbad High School – Carlsbad, CA
  • Douglas County High School – Castle Rock, CO
  • Hendersonville High School – Hendersonville, TN
  • Reedsburg Area High School: Reedsburg, WI
  • Washington High School – Massillon, OH

Graduation

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This award is for a school that puts tremendous thought and effort into their annual graduation ceremony. This Graduation celebrates the achievements of graduating seniors and inspires success in the rest of the student body. Students will remember this ceremony for the rest of their lives.

  • East Limestone High School – Athens, AL
  • Edison High School – Stockton, CA
  • Panhandle High School – Panhandle, TX
  • Rutland High School – Macon, GA

Mascot

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The school mascot is the quintessential symbol of community, tradition and school pride. This Mascot creates a fun and uplifting atmosphere, keeping crowds in the spirit of the game. This school mascot understands and appreciates that success is about the person in the suit and the story behind the suit – a student dedicated to serving as a role model and spirited supporter of their school.

  • AJ Crowder – Greenbrier High School | Springfield, TN
  • Isaac Powell – Hubbard High School | Hubbard, OH
  • Mikey Mckibben – Aquilla High School | Aquilla, TX
  • Seth Moyer – Fayetteville High School | Fayetteville, TN

Pep Band

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The marching band, drum line and color guard have become All-American staples for school sporting events. This Band brings talent, innovation and dedication to school events. Most importantly – this band lives for game night and eagerly takes on the responsibility of providing weekly entertainment to school fans.

  • CC Winn High School – Eagle Pass, TX
  • Delta Streets Academy – Greenwood, MS
  • Muncy Junior Senior High School – Muncy, PA
  • Nogales High School – La Puente, CA
  • Ramona High School – Riverside, CA
  • Sandia High School – Albuquerque, NM
  • Santa Margarita Catholic High School – Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
  • Skyline Schools – Pratt, KS
  • Wickliffe High School – Wickliffe, OH

Principal

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This Principal understands the essential link between school spirit and student achievement, and supports academics and athletics alike. This principal is personable, active in school activities, encouraging to students and faculty, and innovative in his/her approach to education and engagement.

  • Cary Wilborn – Rancho Cucamonga High School | Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • Dwight Ashley – Parke Heritage High School | Rockville, IN
  • Mark Smith – Woodstock High School | Woodstock, GA
  • Todd Spinner – Olentangy Berlin High School | Delaware, OH
  • Vincent Hunter – Whitehaven High School | Memphis, TN

School Counselor

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This School Counselor is dedicated to serving as an advocate for students. This counselor skillfully balances the many demands of their profession. This person is well-loved by students and parents, and works hard to assess the academic, social and emotional needs of students. This person also works hard to ensure that students are prepared for life after high school and assists students in finding their best post-graduate options.

  • April Rogers – Winchester Community High School | Winchester, IN
  • Charles Jason McPeak – Logan High School | Logan, WV
  • Julio Perez – Edison High School – Stockton, CA
  • Lara Norris – Rutland High School | Macon, GA
  • Laura Sessions – Calumet High School | Calumet, OK
  • Polly Vader – Piper High School | Kansas City, KS

School Tradition

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This School Tradition is a long-standing, meaningful tradition that ignites school and community pride. This tradition should include the majority of the school/student body and should have a unique and personal significance for the members of that community.

  • Bingham High School | South Jordan, UT
  • Bishop Moore Catholic High School | Orlando, FL
  • Bristol Central High School | Bristol, CT
  • Carlsbad High School | Carlsbad, CA
  • Costa Mesa High School | Costa Mesa, CA
  • Franklin Towne | Philadelphia, PA
  • Phillipsburg High School | Phillipsburg, NJ
  • Rio Rancho High School | Rio Rancho, NM
  • Rutland High School | Macon, GA Veronica Christian

Spirit of Inclusion

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The most spirited schools cultivate an atmosphere where all students feel welcomed and accepted. The Spirit of Inclusion Award will honor one school that goes out of its way to welcome new students, accommodate students with diverse needs and educate students about issues related to diversity and inclusion.

  • Bingham High School | South Jordan, UT
  • Caesar Rodney High School | Camden, DE
  • Chatsworth Charter High School | Chatsworth, CA
  • Leon High School | Tallahassee, FL
  • Middletown High School | Middletown, DE
  • Rutland High School | Macon, GA
  • The Woodlands College Park High School | Conroe TX
  • Union Endicott High School | Endicott, NY

Spirit of Sportsmanship

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The Spirit of Sportsmanship Award will honor one athletic team that shows respect and graciousness to opposing teams, referees and school groups. This team goes out of its way to welcome visiting opponents and maintains a positive attitude during all events.

  • Bishop Gorman Catholic School | Tyler, TX
  • Emmaus High School | Emmaus, PA
  • Fredericksburg Christian School | Fredericksburg, VA
  • Rutland High School | Macon, GA

Spirit of St. Jude

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The Spirit of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a celebration of those who are dedicated to ending childhood cancer. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Students and schools across the country are creative innovative ways to raise funds for St. Jude each day, and their efforts should be applauded.

  • Cedar Creek High School | Cedar Creek, TX
  • Cherokee County High School | Canton, GA
  • Dutchtown High School | Prairieville, LA
  • Havana High School | Hanava, IL
  • Magnolia Heights School | Senatobia, MS
  • Oak Ridge High School | Conroe, TX
  • Torrington High School | Torrington, CT
  • Tracy High School | Tracy, CA

Staff Member

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This Staff Member makes outstanding contributions to a school’s culture. This person turns their job into an extraordinary opportunity to make others happy, without expecting anything in return. This person holds an important, but perhaps underappreciated role within the school district (i.e., cafeteria staff, bus driver, crossing guard, custodians or administrative staff) but is still known and loved by students, faculty and community members alike.

  • Amy Bossard – Ankeny Centennial High School | Ankeny, IA
  • Ben Zimmerman – De Pere High School | De Pere, WI
  • Beverly Harris – Rutland High School | Macon, GA
  • Brian Wagner – Winchester High School | Winchester, IN
  • Jeannie Fletcher – Worth County High School
  • John Black – Webb City High School | Webb City, MO
  • John Morgan – Bingham High School | South Jordan, UT
  • Jolynne Warn – Bingham High School | South Jordan, UT
  • Tonya Dickson – Greenbrier High School | Greenbrier, TN
  • Villetta McCormick – Harrison County High School

Student

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This Student has a deep and genuine love for his/her school. This student is driven, kind and well-rounded. He or she cares deeply about representing the school in the most positive light. This person consistently attends school events and displays the utmost sportsmanship, inclusiveness and school pride.

  • Austin Cline – Winchester Community High School | Winchester, IN
  • Austin Denton – La Cueva High School | Albuquerque, NM
  • Grace Twyford – New Palestine High School | New Palestine, IN
  • Grace Wells-Dannenfelser – Ponaganset High School | North Scituate, RI
  • Hannah Tudor – Murrieta Valley High School | Murrieta, CA
  • Javon Jones – Dougherty Comprehensive High School | Albany, GA
  • Lance Adams – South Johnston High School | Four Oaks, NC
  • Mark Killmeyer – Cary High School | Cary, NC
  • Monique Christian – Rutland High School | Macon, GA
  • Sarah Schaefer – North Stafford High School | Stafford, VA

Student Government

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This Student Government is an organized and creative group of students who represent their school with respect and school spirit. This group organizes events and opportunities that bring students together, enhances school pride and elevates the overall student experience.

  • Bingham High School – South Jordan, UT
  • Cedar Creek High School – Bastrop, TX
  • Chapin High School – Chapin, SC
  • Jefferson City High School – Jefferson City, MO
  • Ouachita Parish High School – Monroe, LA
  • Valle Verde Early College High School – El Paso, TX

Superintendent

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This Superintendent sets the stage for a successful and spirited school district. This Superintendent is respected by his or her peers and keeps student wellbeing at the forefront when making decisions. This Superintendent understands and appreciates the power of school spirit and works to create an engaged and enthusiastic school culture.

  • David Vinson – Wylie Independent School District | Wylie, TX
  • Kenneth Dyer – Dougherty County School System | Albany, GA
  • Patricia Oakley – West Bridgewater Middle Senior High School | West Bridgewater, MA
  • William Husfelt – Bay District Schools | Panama City, FL

Teacher

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This Teacher understands that achievement means more than a number in a gradebook. It means helping students discover their strengths, passions and confidence. Students feel this teacher cares about them both academically and personally. This teacher has a genuine love and loyalty for his/her school and supports it in every way possible.

  • Alysia Bluford – Rutland High School | Macon, GA
  • Bob Mohr – De Pere High School | De Pere, WI
  • Brian Gallagher – Ramona High School | Riverside, CA
  • Dustin Shannon – Winchester Community High School | Winchester, IN
  • Jeff Riccitelli – Carlsbad High School | Carlsbad, CA
  • Jonathan Doughterty – Franklin Towne Charter High School | Philadelphia, PA
  • Lauren Temple- New Palestine High School
  • Lisa Stokes – Weymouth High School | Weymouth, MA
  • Ryan Vinson – Rossview High School | Clarksville, TN
  • Stephanie Schweitzer – Canyon High School | Anaheim, CA

Team Manager

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This Team Manager is a dedicated student who loyally and eagerly assists athletic teams. This manager keeps practices and games running smoothly, allowing the team to focus on bringing their best to the game. Teammates consider this manager an invaluable and irreplaceable member of the team.

  • Christian “Kaleb” Bryant – Rutland High School | Macon, GA
  • Deandre Bonds – Whitehaven High School | Memphis, TN
  • Morrison Davies – Sweetwater High School
  • TJ Lovell – Winchester Community High School | Winchester, IN

Yearbook

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The most memorable school yearbooks have a theme that sets it apart from other school years – a theme that captures the specific spirit and personality of that group of students. Themes based on school pride are perennial favorites. This Yearbook publically celebrates achievements large and small, group and individual contributions to the school and the impact the school has on the community.

  • Canyon High School | Anaheim, CA
  • Perry Central | Leopold, IN
  • Teresa’s Academy | Kansas City, MO
  • Vista Ridge High School | Colorado Springs, CO
  • Winchester Community High School | Winchester, IN

Spirit Leader: CHEER

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The Spirit Leader Award honors one cheer team and one dance team with an ongoing commitment to community service, outstanding school athletic support, creative spirit raising activities and strong academics.

Winner: Cleburne County High School

The Cleburne County High School cheerleaders embody a mission known as “WE Culture”. One school, one community, one culture. With this mindset, they support everyone both on campus and in the community. What began as a tremendous task to spread school spirit through the school, overflowed into the town and community. “We Culture” continues to flourish throughout the year at volunteering events, new student orientation, homecoming, the holiday season and other programs within the school. The Cleburne County High School cheerleaders started a movement that has brought the entire school and town of Heflin together as Tigers.

Spirit Leader: DANCE

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The Spirit Leader Award honors one cheer team and one dance team with an ongoing commitment to community service, outstanding school athletic support, creative spirit raising activities and strong academics.

Winner: West Bend East High School

The West Bend East Dance Team’s mission is to represent the school by being good role models, full of spirit, deeply involved in school and community life. This team is highly visible, performing and assisting at community events all year long, and hosting their newest community-wide event “Dancing with Our Stars” show, including local community leaders and rival schools. For a school that shares a building with its town rival, this team has stepped up to make the school a positive, inclusive environment by inviting the opposing team to share the stage at local events. The West Bend East Dance team holds themselves to high standards of cultivating a positive attitude, becoming the best dancer and young woman that each can be, and challenging themselves to succeed academically.

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